Can you advise this student nurse?
“Mid-way into my first year my Mum was rushed into hospital with breathing difficulties. She was in hospital for three weeks and given two different diagnoses: COPD, and cardiac and respiratory failure.
“I told my mentor at the start of placement what was going on, but at the end was failed for “having my head in the clouds”. This massively knocked my confidence and made me question if I should carry on with the course.
“I am only able to visit home twice a year given the distance/cost of travel and I know that both my parents withhold details from me, they have the best intentions but it ultimately makes me worry more.
“As a result, I have one big concern.
“The other day I was in a lecture… about COPD. The lecturer was throwing out all these facts and figures about life expectancy, showing pictures of the effects and so on. It’s something I’ve tried to shut out… I specifically didn’t look up life expectancy for COPD patients. I know that there is no cure, I know it’s about maintaining quality of life and preventing disease progression. I got rather emotional, and had to leave the lecture as discreetly as I could.
“If I struggle with a lecture, how am I going to cope if I find myself caring for respiratory patients on placement?
“If I don’t learn to disconnect personal from professional, realistically I’m never going to succeed in this career! But I just don’t know how I can overcome this… can anybody help?”
- Rachel, London